After Kylian Mbappé’s contract extension with great fanfare until 2025, PSG enlisted midfielders Vitinha, Renato Sanches and Fabian Ruiz, defender Nordi Mukiele and striker Hugo Ekitike. He concluded his deal on Thursday with the attacking midfielder and ex-captain of Valencia, Carlos Soler (25). Costa Rican Keylor Navas, who became goalkeeper No. 2, stayed and the long-awaited defender Milan Skriniar (Inter Milan) did not come.
Once is not custom, it is especially in the sales section that Paris has distinguished itself. Antero Henrique, former sports director of the club mandated to find a base for the many players deemed undesirable, has almost emptied the « Parisian loft » (Kehrer, Herrera, Wijnaldum, Dina-Ebimbe, Areola, Paredes, Gueye, Kurzawa, Diallo , Dagba). He did not definitively settle the Mauro Icardi case but exfiltrated Julian Draxler to Benfica, via a one-season loan.
Laborde/Delort, reconstituted duo
For their part, Nice and Rennes concluded their exchange of scorers in time: the international Espoirs Amine Gouiri spun in Brittany and Gaëtan Laborde took his place with the Aiglons, where he finds his former Montpellier accomplice Andy Delort. The Rennais paid 28 million euros (to which is added a possible capital gain of 15% on resale) to afford the 22-year-old striker, according to sources familiar with the matter, which makes him the biggest transfer of club history.
Nice must pay 10 million euros for Laborde and complete an active transfer window. After Galtier’s departure to Paris and the signing of Lucien Favre, the club owned by petrochemical giant Ineos has given itself a nice facelift with nine new players, including Nicolas Pépé, Aaron Ramsey, Kasper Schmeichel and Sofiane Diop.
The Aiglons would have liked to enlist Bamba Dieng, also courted by Lorient and Leeds (English D1), but the transfer seemed set to fall apart on Thursday evening, due to a « problem » encountered during the medical visit, according to a source with knowledge of the file. .
The Senegalese striker was pushed out in August by OM, where there were also many movements, in the wake of the surprise departure of coach Jorge Sampaoli. His replacement Igor Tudor can rely on the nice moves made by the management and the president Pablo Longoria (Alexis Sanchez, Jordan Veretout, Jonathan Clauss, Eric Bailly, Nuno Tavares).
OM, in lack of cash, also took advantage of this transfer window to send several undesirables through a series of loans (Arkadiusz Milik, Kevin Strootman, Paul Lirola, Luis Henrique, Jordan Amavi). It is a loan which also served to bring back Amine Harit, the Moroccan attacking midfielder, who had already moved to Marseille last year. Croatian defender Duje Caleta-Car has signed for Southampton.
Lyon, which entered the orbit of American businessman John Textor, has a priori finished shopping. The club, still chaired by Jean-Michel Aulas and which is seeking to revive after a pitiful season (8th in L1, no European qualification), has above all distinguished itself by repatriating two glorious former players, Alexandre Lacazette (Arsenal) and Corentin Tolisso (Bayern Munich), and by sending the Brazilian Lucas Paqueta to West Ham for more than 61 million euros.